Sunday, March 8, 2009

Many Music Mondays!

So it turns out Cleo may have put my marriage in jeopardy. She recently introduced me to a new band, and I have fallen head over heels in love. Remember last week when I said I loved her music, but didnt have a crush on Leslie Feist? Despite her many charms I am able to maintain a professional relationship. I have had no such luck with Alexandra Lawn, the young and comely cellist from Ra Ra Riot, she has completely stolen my heart. Whats that? No, you heard right. She is the the Cellist, the one who plays the cello. Yep, they have a freakin cello..... AND a violin! No, your right, it doesn't get much cooler than that. So without further ado, souhaitez le bienvenue a Ra Ra Riot.

Ra Ra Riot is a quintet from Syracuse, NY and they have only been around for a little over 2 years, having formed up in 2006. Unlike most new bands however they have a very mature and developed sound. They are accomplished musicians and it shows. I generally like a little bit of a rough edge in my music but Wesley Miles' voice is sincere and pure enough to carry thier complex sound without getting to heavy despite the polish. They are currently touring with Tokyo Police Club but have toured with Cold War Kids and Vampire Weekend and Wesley was roomates with Ezra Koenig at one time.

The group lost thier drummer, founding member and lyricist John Pike in 2007 after he drowned while walking in Massachusetts. The band stayed together despite the personal loss and later released "Dying is fine". While not a direct tribute to John, I cant imagine that did not have an influence on them. I love that they were able to tackle such a hard subject and still make such a happy song about it by admitting that dying is craptacular, but still be ok with it.

Death oh baby
You know that dying is fine but maybe
I wouldn't like death if death were good
Not even if death were good

As a side not, Cleo is joining Mrs Chops and I at their show on Wednesday (if Cleo doesn't wuss out that is). I'll give ya the full run down when we get back. I sure hope Alexandra doesn't wear anything like that little pink number she had on when they did David Letterman, my marriage could be threatened. Maybe I should shave the chops for the night just so I don't tempt the poor lass beyond what she can bear......


Ginger Snaps said...

Love it!!! I love bands who are a little out of the box, and think "Hey! wouldn't it be cool if we used some instruments in our band? Why yes, what a novel concept, instruments in a band. No one would ever expect that."

Oh...and I'm not being facetious either.

Chops McGee said...

So Ginger, looks like its just you and me from here on out... I told Cleo, Cdahle and Amberd not to mess with me. On the plus side that patch in the back 40 where I buried them is blooming quite nicely.

Ginger Snaps said...

LOL!!!!! I love the profile pic. SWEET MAN!!!

Cleopatra Jones said...

John Pike wrote Dying is Fine. Just so ya know....

REmember- Cleo knoes stuff.


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